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Since 1999, top offensive performances rare


Since 1999, top offensive performances rare

In 1999, the Redskins were second in the NFL in both points scored with 443 and yards gained with 5965. They have not come close to matching that offensive performance since then.The points soared in 99 because the Redskins had a quartet of offensive skill players who were very productive. Brad Johnson passed for 4,005 yards, Stephen Davis rushed for 1,405 yards, Michael Westbrook had 1,191 yards receiving and Albert Connell had 1,132 yards receiving.Since then the Redskins have not been able to come close to getting productivity like that from their quarterback, running back, and two wide receivers in the same season. In fact, they have struggled to get even one offensive skill position player to put up numbers like the four that they fielded in 1999.Here are the players who have started the most games at quarterback, running back, and wide receiver since that season. The players production when they exceeded 3,500 yards passing, 1,200 yards rushing, or 1,000 yards receiving for the season is noted:Year, QB, RB, WR, WR2000: Johnson, Davis (1318), Connell, James Thrash
2001: Tony Banks, Davis (1432), Westbrook, Rod Gardner
2002: Shane Matthews, Davis, Gardner (1006), Derrius Thompson
2003: Patrick Ramsey, Trung Candidate, Laveranues Coles (1204), Gardner
2004: Mark Brunell, Clinton Portis (1315), Coles, Gardner
2005: Brunell, Portis (1516), Santana Moss (1483), David Patten
2006: Brunell, Ladell Betts, Moss, Antwaan Randle El
2007: Jason Campbell, Portis (1262), Moss, Randle El
2008: Campbell, Portis (1487), Moss (1044), Randle El
2009: Campbell, Portis, Moss, Devin Thomas, Malcolm Kelly
2010: Donovan McNabb, Ryan Torain, Moss (1115), Anthony Armstrong
2011: Rex Grossman, Roy Helu, Moss, Jabar GaffneySo after having four noteworthy offensive skill performances in one season, the Redskins have had 11 in the ensuing 12 seasons. They had as many as two in one year just twice, in 2005 and 2008. They finished 13th in points scored in 2005 and 11th in yards gained. That is the only season since 1999 when they finished in the top half of the NFL in both points and yards. The Redskins have yet to place in the top 10 in either category since 99.Mike Shanahan, considered to be one of the best offensive minds in the business, has been unable to shake the Redskins out of their offensive malaise. His two Redskins teams have averaged 25th in points scored and 17th in yards gained. He now has his handpicked quarterback and some expensive new receivers at his command to try to fix the problem.

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Redskins make new hire at special teams coordinator, and he comes from Tampa Bay

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Redskins make new hire at special teams coordinator, and he comes from Tampa Bay

The Redskins announced the hiring of Nate Kaczor as their new special teams coach on Saturday morning. Kaczor will take over the role vacated by Ben Kotwica, who left Washington to take the same role in Atlanta.

Kaczor spent the last three seasons with the Buccaneers as special teams coordinator, but that coaching staff got let go this offseason. Prior to his work in Tampa, Kaczor coached in similar roles for the Titans and the Jaguars. 

It's not particularly easy to rank special teams, but Kotwica's groups did some things very well, particularly in punt coverage. Football Outsiders ranked all 32 special teams groups across the league based on a formula that combines field goals/extra points, kickoffs, kick returns, punts, and punt returns; The Redskins ranked 8th and Tampa ranked 29th. 

On the flip side, the Redskins had some of the lowest kick and punt return yardage in the NFL last season. The Redskins gained just 110 yards on all of their punt returns for the year. 

Head coach Jay Gruden spoke about bringing in Kaczor.

"We are excited to have Nate join our staff. We have had the opportunity to face his special teams play during his time at Tampa Bay and respected competing against him," Gruden said via press release. "He is a competitor and we have noticed and admired the intensity his units have played with through the course of his time as a special teams coordinator and assistant coach in the NFL."


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Kyler Murray is 'making a mistake' choosing football over baseball, according to Joe Theismann

Kyler Murray is 'making a mistake' choosing football over baseball, according to Joe Theismann

Joe Theismann wants Kyler Murray to have a "long, happy career" — as a professional baseball player.

In an interview with NBC Sports Washington, the former Redskins QB was asked what he thought of Murray's choice to pursue his NFL dreams over his MLB dreams for now. He didn't hold back.

"I think that he should choose baseball," Theismann said. "I think that he would struggle in the NFL."

As of now, many mock drafts are projecting the Heisman Trophy winner to be selected in the first round. His believers see him as an electric option who's entering a league perfectly suited for his skillset. 

Theismann is not in that camp, though.

"I understand a lot of guys work from the 'gun. You're away from the line of scrimmage," he explained. "But, sooner or later, defensive coaches in this league are going to figure out how to keep you in the pocket. And if you can't throw from the pocket, or you can't see from the pocket, it's going to become a problem."

Murray's height, which Theismann touched on, is a main concern for those skeptical of how he'd handle life in the NFL. Of course, being in the 5-foot-9 range matters far less on a MLB diamond.

Theismann also thinks that the Oklahoma product will need to be in an offense with a strong running attack. That's something any rookie passer needs to succeed, and without one, Theismann isn't sure if Murray can carry the load on his own.

In the end, Theismann told NBC Sports Washington that Murray is "making a mistake" by setting his sights on the gridiron. He simply doesn't see things going well for Murray as a signal caller.

"I think in professional football, it'll be a real challenge and an uphill climb for him to be able to do the things that he wants to do and a team wants him to do," he said.